Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Bomojaz | South Central PA, USA | 06/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Paris Washboard has recorded a number of albums on the Stomp Off label, going back to 1988. This one was recorded in 1996, and is typical of their invigorating and fresh style of playing classic jazz tunes. The lineup is rather unusual: clarinet, trombone, piano, tuba, and washboard, which simply adds to their appeal. Clarinetist Alain Marquet plays in a somewhat exaggerated Sidney Bechet style, with heavy use of vibrato and a distinct reedy sound. (He also plays bass clarinet on a couple of numbers.) Daniel Barda plays a fleet trombone, but also knows all the trad jazz tricks: on PARIS WASHBOARD STRUT, he uses a mute to create a big wa-wa sound. Louis Mezetier is a fine pianist and shows off his stride leanings on the solo track NAGASAKI. They play a varied program here - some swingers, a few blues, a couple of slow ballads, and end with a roof-raiser (BUDDY'S HABITS). Paris Washboard is a very accomplished and entertaining group, and this CD is a blast. Definitely worth looking into."